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COLLECTION Identifier: B MS c21

Albigence Waldo Papers,..

The Albigence Waldo papers, 1768-1793 (inclusive), undated, contain correspondence from doctors and patients regarding cases Albigence Waldo (1750-1794) was treating; a manuscript describing his service in the American Revolutionary War; medical observations, prescriptions, and student notes; and medical bills.

Dates

  • 1768-1793 (inclusive), undated.

Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The Boston Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to Public Services . Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Extent

0.22 cubic feet (1 flat storage box)

The Albigence Waldo papers, 1768-1793 (inclusive), undated, contain correspondence from doctors and patients regarding cases Albigence Waldo (1750-1794) was treating; a manuscript describing his service in the American Revolutionary War; medical observations, prescriptions, and student notes; and medical bills.

Biographical Note

Albigence Waldo (1750-1794) was a surgeon with the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He practiced medicine in Pomfret, Connecticut, and was a founder of the Medical Society of Windham County, Connecticut.

Albigence Waldo was born in Pomfret, Connecticut, on 27 February 1750 to Abigail and Zacariah Waldo. He studied medicine under John Spalding of Canterbury, Connecticut. After the commencement of hostilities with Great Britain, he served as a clerk before he was commissioned as surgeon's mate of the 8th Connecticut Regiment in 1775; he was discharged a year later due to poor health, and he was appointed chief surgeon on the armed ship Oliver Cromwell in 1776. In 1777, he was commissioned as surgeon of the 1st Connecticut Infantry Regiment. He resigned his commission in 1779, again due to his health. Waldo subsequently returned to his hometown of Pomfret and established his practice. He also was a founder of the Medical Society of Windham County.

Waldo's regiment joined the main Continental Army in the fall of 1777, and he kept a detailed diary of his life as an army surgeon and conditions of the soldiers during the winter of 1777 to 1778 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, which was published in Historical Magazine in 1861.

Waldo married Lydia Hurlbut (1751-1785) in 1772, and they had six children: Elisha Hurlbut (1773-1801), Ralph (1775-1777), Harriet (1777-1820), Thomas Fanning (1779-1854), Nancy (1781-1854), and Albigence, Jr. (1785-1849). After Lydia died, he remarried to Lucy Cargill (1762-1830); they had two daughters, Lucy (1788-1809) and Laura (1789-1795). Albigence Waldo died on 29 January 1794.

Resources about Albigence Waldo

  • Loren Pinckney Waldo, Charles Edward Waldo, and Sarah Goss Waters. The Genealogy and Biography of the Waldos of America from 1650 to 1883. Danielsonville, Connecticut: Scofield & Hamilton, 1883.

Processing Information

Processed by Brooke McManus, 2015 December.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access in 2015. The collection was described in a card catalog at an earlier date; the folder titles, as previously devised by staff, were retained.

Please note that the following abbreviations have been used: "A.L." for autographed letter; "A.L.s." for autographed letter signed; "A.MS." for autographed manuscript; "A.D." for autographed document; and "MS.D." for manuscript document.
Link to catalog
Title
Waldo, Albigence, 1750-1794. Papers, 1768-1793 (inclusive), undated: Finding Aid
Author
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
Sponsor
Preservation and description was supported by the Arcadia-funded Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.
EAD ID
med00223

Repository Details

Part of the Countway Library of Medicine Repository

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